Absolute beginners are absolutely welcome to participate. One of the things that I really like about these exchanges is that people get to see first hand what can be done with the process. Here's a list of things that I would like to serve as the purposes of this exchange:

1. beginners get to see what others with more experience are doing
2. printing problems can be solved with feedback from group
3. we all get encouraged to keep going through inspiration and help
4. we get to show off what we're doing to people who understand it
5. we all get to see what other materials can do (paper, developer, toning)
6. we all get more prints to hang on our walls
7. that cool feeling of getting something in the mail

any other ideas please chime in